It has been a long cherished dream of the people of Santragachi and the surrounding areas to have a Degree College in this locality. The dream was gradually turning into a moment. At this juncture late Sudhir Kr. Ghosh, a benefactor and a Philantheopist agreed to donate his land and building situated at Santragachi, Dharmatala, for the establishment of an educational institution. After that into the initiation of the then local M.L.A. Sri Satyen Ghosh and some other important personalities of the area a board of Trustees was formed on 26.11.1984 and some allied organisational activities were undertaken on 10th March, 1985 in a public meeting presied over by Ex-chairman of Public Service Commission Raghu Das Baul and attended by donor Sudhir Kumar Ghosh a resolation was adopted that a degree College should be established after the name of Dr. Kanailal Bhattacharyya, an educationist, public leader and Ex-minister of Commerce and Industries, Govt. of West Bengal.
The College was granted affiliation by the Calcutta University & The State Govt. in September 1985. The then Higher Education Minister Late Prof. Sambhu Ghosh graced the inauguration ceremony as guest-in-cheif.
Before starting off fund raising programmes, a nine-member committee was set up with the then District Magistrate of Howrah Sri Sumantra Chowdhury as the President of the same. Some local bodies and many education lovers came in with monetary help. Under the leadership of noted engineer late Raghudas Baul, a group of dedicated engineers came forward to lay down the plan and supervise the reformation of the old building and estab-lishing new classroom. With their cumulative efforts the old building was renovated and extended as per the need. Two new class rooms were also set up.
In the month of September 1985, the college received permission to organize courses on five subjects – Bengali, English, History, Philosophy and Education from Calcutta Univer-sity. On 22nd September 1985, the college was officially inaugurated by late Prof. Sambhu Ghosh, the then Honourable Minister of Higher Education Govt. of West Bengal. With the setting up the institution, the coveted dream of the local people was realized.
From September 1985 to January 1988, as the Founder Secretary, the then local MLA Sri Satyen Ghosh led the development and the management of the college. In December 1985, Sri Keshab Chandra Khara joined the institution as the first permanent lecturer in the Bengali department. He temporarily shouldered the responsibility of the post of the Teacher-in- charge from 11th September 1986 to 19th January 1988. On 20th January 1988, Sri Nripendranath Bhattacharya joined as the permanent Principal. With the permanent Prin-cipal, the overall activity of the institution received impetus.